There is a summer project coming up this year.

No, summer isn't just around the corner, but preparations need to be made ahead of time for this.

The Sierra Service project offers challenging service and learning opportunities for junior and senior high school youth, serving in Native American reservations, rancherias and urban communities.

This summer, they will be coming to Smith River. Once before they came, back in the early '90s.

Over 350 youth and adult counselors will be here from June 30 through Aug. 10. They will be housed at the Smith River Elementary School, and use the Smith River United Methodist Church to prepare meals.

They will be sponsored through the church and the Smith River Rancheria to find work in our community, from Crescent City to Brookings.

They expect to be doing a variety of building and painting projects, and working with the Fire Safe Council to clear brush from elder's homes to provide defensible space.

The church will have forms for Home Repair Work Requests. Some of the types of work they can do include some types of weatherization, wheelchair ramps, stairs and awnings, interior and exterior painting, and wall and floor repair.

They will not be able to do plumbing or electrical work, do anything in mobile home parks, or anything that will require a permit.

Applications will be reviewed and approved by the Sierra Service project, and completed applications need to be returned to the church by May 1. In coming weeks, more information will be available, and more locations to procure applications - Smith River Elementary School, the Smith River Community Services District office, and the Crescent City Methodist Church.

For more information, go, or see Pastor Steve or John Pricer at the Smith River church, or call 487-3301.

andbull; Also at Smith River Methodist, bilingual Bible studies continue. Contact Sue Peacock at 458-3366, or Alejandro Dominguez at 342-0287.

On March 9, the church's community dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the social hall. The menu will be traditional corned beef and cabbage.

andbull; Foursquare Church is starting a monthly Family Fun Night on the first Monday of the month, beginning on March 4.

It's for the whole family, but kids 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the events will include food, family, fun, stories, music, games and God.

For more information, call Pastor Juan Romero at 464-9501, ext. 225.

andbull; The Temple Beth Shalom's fourth Kabalah class will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Curry Coastal Pilot office in Brookings. The class will be led by Rabbi Les Scharnberg. Baked goods and donations are appreciated.

For further information, call Jill at 707-464-5337.

andbull; The pastors meeting originally scheduled for Feb. 21 changed after this column was written last week. Instead it will be next Thursday at 8:30 a.m. There was an error, however - seems I tried to move the Nazarene church two blocks down the street - which would be a bit difficult, since New Life Community Church is already there!

The meeting will be at the Nazarene Church at 2nd and F streets, and plans for the community Good Friday service will be discussed.

This service has been taking place at the Nazarene Church for several years now because of the central location, allowing many to attend during their lunch hour. It is presented at noon with the cooperation of several churches and is always a very nice event.

andbull; I had one phone call last week from a lady who asked about her favorite hymn, and I found it in my book, "Then Sings My Soul" by Robert J. Morgan. I'll tell you about that one next week.

Let me know what your favorite is - those old hymns are all so beautiful, and the stories that go with them are inspiring.

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email